In today’s video Coach Jill and I are going to talk a little about catcher framing. Subtle framing can make a huge difference in the number of strike calls you get from an umpire, but if you’re too dramatic with your framing, you can actually take away strike calls. More in the video!
In this week’s video, I show you one way to prevent or reduce back pain caused during batting practice. The solution does NOT just include exercises, and this video is NOT just for athletes. Coaches, this week I show you how to upgrade your eye for efficient movement mechanics during the swing to help keep your athletes durable.
There are a number of ways you can tip your pitches—that is, accidentally give away what pitch you’re throwing to the batter or opposing base coach. Probably the most obvious is simply not hiding your grip well; there are a number of pitches with distinctive grips, and if someone on the opposing team can see your hand while you’re finding your grip on the ball, you could be in trouble. BUT, there is another common giveaway that I’ve come across a few times recently in some of my pitching lessons. Ask yourself this: are you 100% sure your pre-motion is the same every time?
What is the one thing a pitcher can possess that can instantly make her 10 to 15 percent better? Read on.
In this week’s video, I’m back with a TRX home workout for softball players and family members. The TRX is the most versatile home gym and costs a fraction of a machine or treadmill. It’s a body weight-training tool that you can use indoors, in your garage or in the backyard. In the video I explain the benefits of total body, body weight training and take you through a workout.
In last week’s video, I introduced reasons why your athlete has difficulty keeping their front side closed during pitching or batting. In this week’s videos I explain, in detail, the physical contributors to front side stability. In the second video I give you a routine of exercises that every athlete can you to build a solid front side for pitching or batting.
Loose arm whip is absolutely critical to pitching fast. It’s not a stylistic choice; every single elite pitcher whips her arm, regardless of how she was taught to follow through after the arm whip takes place. Some lucky windmill pitchers begin whipping their arms within the first few days of learning; it just comes naturally to them. To many, however, it does not come naturally, and in those cases I believe teaching the arm to whip is the hardest thing for a young pitcher to do. BUT, it’s not impossible. It’s a long and arduous process that requires a lot of dedication and patience, but it’s not impossible. For those who are trying to learn arm whip and aren’t quite getting it, or for those who have learned a different way to pitch and are now trying to switch to the arm whip, I will compile some resources that you can use to help get the job done.